University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Activism Signs and Ephemera Collection, 2017



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections
Title: Activism Signs and Ephemera Collection
Dates: 2017
Creator Abstract: Signs and related ephemera in the collections were created by a variety of members of the public and UTSA students who attended rallies and marches in the San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Austin areas. UTSA Special Collections made public requests for the donation of these materials.
Content Abstract: The collection consists mostly of hand made signs but also includes artist prints, a pink knitted hat, two buttons, a sticker, and a small amount of flyers.
Identification: MS 483
Extent: 4 drawers (176 signs and other ephemera)
Language: English
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Activism Signs and Ephemera Collection is an artificial collection created by The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections (UTSA Special Collections), which made a public call for the donation of signs, buttons, stickers, and flyers to document activism movements in South and Central Texas. Signs and related ephemera in the collection were created by a variety of members of the public who attended rallies and marches in the San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Austin areas, as well as by UTSA students who held rallies and protests on UTSA Main Campus. UTSA Special Collections continues to accept donations for this collection on an ongoing basis.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mostly of hand made signs but also includes artist prints, a pink knitted hat, two buttons, a sticker, and a very small amount of flyers. The materials are grouped according to the main event for which they were created or used. The majority of the signs (93 signs) come from the San Antonio International Women’s Day March. Other signs and items in the collection originate from the Women’s March on Washington held in San Antonio and Austin, an Indivisible rally held in New Braunfels, and a San Antonio Immigration/Muslim Ban Rally. The artist prints in the collection were created by Maribel Falcón and Shepard Fairey for the Women's March on Washington. Signs from UTSA students come from a silent protest of the Immigration/Muslim Ban and a Students Against Hate Rally, both held in the Sombrilla on Main Campus. Most of the marches and rallies represented in the collection were held to support women’s rights and also to protest the platform of and executive orders issued by the Trump White House Administration. The UTSA Students Against Hate Rally was held in conjunction with the Texas Freedom Network to protest LGBTQ discrimination.


Organization of Collection

Materials are arranged chronologically by date of event.
Women’s March on Washington
Immigration/Muslim Ban Rally
Immigration/Muslim Ban UTSA Student Silent Protest
Indivisible Rally
International Women’s Day March
UTSA Students Against Hate Rally

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


Index Terms

Subjects
Demonstrations.
Emigration and immigration.
Gay rights.
Political activists.
Women's rights.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
New Braunfels (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Buttons (information artifacts)
Hats
Posters
Stickers
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources
Politics/Politicians
San Antonio History
Women

Related Material

UTSA Special Collections began collecting materials as part of the Women's March on Washington (WMW) Archives Project. Numerous other archival repositories across the United States have collected signs, oral histories, photos, and other materials from marches and rallies.

Other collecting repositories can be identified on the WMW Archives Project Twitter (@WMWArchivesProj) and Facebook (@wmwarchivesproject) profiles. Some photos and oral histories can be accessed via the WMW Archives Project Open Science Framework website .


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Activism Signs and Ephemera Collection, MS 483, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials in the collection were assimilated from a variety of donors who responded to UTSA Special Collections’ public call for the donation of signs, buttons, stickers, and flyers to document activism movements in South and Central Texas (Accessions 2017-006 through 2017-010, 2017-013, 2017-025).

Yo Tengo Derecho/I Have the Right was donated by Maribel Falcón (Acc. 2017-048).

We The People poster series by Shepard Fairey was purchased by UTSA Special Collecions in 2017 (Acc. 2017-049).

UTSA Special Collections continues to accept donations for this collection on an ongoing basis.

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Rojas, Manuscripts Archivist, in 2017.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017

Materials in this series come from the San Antonio and Austin satellite marches held in tandem with the flagship Women’s March on the same day in Washington, D.C. Other satellite marches were held worldwide. Participants advocated for women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, racial equality, worker’s rights, and opposed the political positions of the Trump White House Administration.
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1 21 Signs and 2 flyers
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7 9 Signs
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9 Yo Tengo Derecho/I Have the Right by Maribel Falcón
We the People by Shepard Fairey (6 prints)
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1 1 Pink hat, 2 buttons, 1 sticker



Immigration/Muslim Ban Rally, January 29, 2017

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769, which blocked travel and immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. Materials in this series are from a protest rally held at Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio organized by MOVE San Antonio, a group led by students from various colleges in the area. Signs in this series also originate from the concurrent protest at the Pax South Video Game Conference and San Antonio Nerdwalk.
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3 27 Signs, 1 flyer



Immigration/Muslim Ban UTSA Student Silent Protest, January 30, 2017

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769, which blocked travel and immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. Materials in this series are from a silent protest held by UTSA students in the Sombrilla on Main Campus. The protest was organized by the Muslim Student Association.
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2 8 Signs



Indivisible Rally, January 2017

The Indivisible Project is a grassroots activist movement organized to resist the political agenda of President Trump and his administration. Local groups exist throughout the United States. The materials in this series originate from the New Braunfels Indivisible group.
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4 1 Sign, 2 flyers



International Women’s Day March, March 4, 2017

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th of every year and commemorates the women’s rights movement. The signs in this series originate from the San Antonio march held to in observance of this day.
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5-6 93 Signs



UTSA Students Against Hate Rally, April 25, 2017

Signs in this series originate from a UTSA student rally held in conjunction with the Texas Freedom Network to protest LGBTQ discrimination and raise awareness of the presence of LGBTQ persons in society.
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8 10 Signs